Kappayum Njandum/ Tapioca cooked with Crab


1 kg crab, cut into pieces
1 1/2 kg tapioca, cut into pieces
1 1/2-2 tsp turmeric powder
12 shallots
8-10 garlic cloves
1 big piece ginger
4-5 green chillies
few curry leaves
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2-1 tsp pepper powder


  1. In a manchatti/ clay pot or pan, add cleaned crabs with enough water, turmeric powder and salt and cook for few minutes. 
  2. Add chopped tapioca into this and cook for 15-20 minutes or till done. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. In the meantime, crush shallots, green chillies, garlic and ginger and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in another pan, add crushed mixture  and curry leaves and saute.
  5. Add chilli powder and pepper powder and stir well . Remove from the flame and add this to the cooked tapioca and crab and mix well.
  6. Cook for few minutes in medium flame. Check the salt and adjust the spice level. Remove from flame and serve hot..

Recipe Source: Taste of Kerala, Amrita T V



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